Australian journalist Jonathan Swan wins Emmy for viral interview with Donald Trump | Emmys 2021

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Australian journalist Jonathan Swan won an Emmy Award for his widely acclaimed interview with Donald Trump in which he squarely verified the president’s misleading statements.

In August last year, the national political correspondent of the Axios news site made international headlines when he stubbornly but politely questioned the US president about his response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am deeply honored to have won this award and grateful to the talented and generous team who helped make the interview a great piece of journalism,” Swan told Guardian Australia after winning the Emmy award for a exceptional edited interview.

Swan’s myriad of facial expressions during Axios’ interview on HBO also gained social media attention, launch a popular meme.

The 36-year-old asked Trump to go through his papers as he put him in the spotlight about the death toll in the United States.

“Well, here the United States is lowest in a lot of categories,” Trump said. “We are lower than the world.

Swan: “Lower than the world? Oh, you kill in proportion to the cases. I am talking about death as a proportion of the population.

‘You can’t do this’: Trump argues with reporter over Covid-19 death figures – video

Another part of the interview that was surprising was Trump’s claim that he had “Do more” to improve the lives of black people in the United States that the late civil rights leader John lewis.

Ben Smith wrote in The New York Times that it was “perhaps the best interview in Mr. Trump’s tenure.”

Swan is a former Sydney Morning Herald reporter who moved to the United States in 2014, and is the son of ABC’s health editor, Dr Norman Swan.

Father and son have been covering the coronavirus for almost two years, albeit from different angles and from different parts of the world.

Norman and health reporter Tegan Taylor host the hugely popular Coronacast podcast on ABC.

Jonathan enjoyed early success in Australia, winning the prestigious Wallace Brown Young Director Award for journalism in 2014 after a series of scoops about the questionable use of taxpayer money by politicians, which led to an overhaul of the rules governing parliamentary fees and expenses. The judges praised his “stubborn determination”.

The 42sd The annual Emmy Awards for News and Documentaries were announced by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York City on Tuesday night, US time.



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